Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: Illinois
July 5, 2012 10:15 pm
It sits next a wooden cesspool cover on my patio all day, for the past 2 weeks. It looks like it is protecting something, maybe its eggs under the wooden cover? It never bites but will approach and hover around any intruder in its space.
Signature: David

Cicada Killer

Hi David,
This is a beautiful photo of a beautiful wasp known as the Cicada Killer.  A female Cicada Killer is a solitary Sand Wasp that digs a burrow that she provisions with paralyzed Cicadas for her developing larvae to feed upon.  Thank you for bringing up that they are docile since so many are needlessly killed because their large size is intimidating to many folks.

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Location: Illinois

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